Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree discusses successes, surprises of first term | The Augusta Chronicle

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Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree discusses successes, surprises of first term | The Augusta Chronicle

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree is midway through his first term in office. The Augusta Chronicle spoke with him last week about his experiences so far as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Responses were shortened due to space.

Q: How would you rate your first seven months in office?

A: I think we’ve been very successful. I told my command staff when we started, that it was a big issue: officer morale and the salaries of officers. I told them it is my plan, it is my intent to go before the commission and ask for salary increases for my deputies. And I have not made a secret of that, and I told the commissioners that. But I told them when I come, I want to show you a product. And we have benchmarks to show we want to have tangible results to show. We want to show our violent crime rate is down, we want to show our homicide rate is down, we want to be able to show our traffic fatality rate is down, and I think we’re achieving those things. We’re at the halfway point, and everything we set out to accomplish as to lowering the crime rate and the death rate and the traffic fatality rate, we’ve accomplished.

Q: What’s been the biggest surprise so far?

A: The only part that I’m trying to, I guess, get a grasp of or handle on is I didn’t realize how much politics there was involved in this county government.

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